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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Harry Potter Hacker Post Plot

BOSTON -- The mystery surrounding the end to fictional British boy wizard Harry Potter's saga has deepened with a computer hacker posting what he said were key plot points and a publisher warning that the details could be fake.

The hacker, who goes by the name "Gabriel," claims to have taken a digital copy of J.K. Rowling's seventh and final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," by breaking into a computer at London-based Bloomsbury Publishing.

For months now, leading up to the book's July 21 release, legions of Harry Potter fans have debated whether Rowling killed Harry or one of his best friends, Ron Weasley or Hermione Granger, in the final book.

Gabriel posted information on the web site InSecure.org on Wednesday that, if true, would answer that question.

"We make this spoiler to make reading of the upcoming book useless and boring," Gabriel said in the posting.

A spokesman for U.S. distributor Scholastic Corp., would not say whether the posting was accurate, but urged readers to be skeptical about anything on the Internet that claims to have inside information.